AWE: Inspiring Jewellery

13.12.17


We all want our jewellery choices to empower us, and AWE's range of striking designs does just that.

AWE jewellery is anchored by the AWE medallion— its four teardrops represent the blood, sweat and tears (of sorrow and joy) that define each survivor’s journey. Wearing AWE signals to the world that you’re stronger because of your experience, and connects you to a larger community while giving back to your fellow survivors. Giving AWE says, “I’m in AWE of you and what you’ve overcome.”

Three time cancer survivor, Jill Johnson founded AWE Alive We’re Empowered in 2016. She relied on her 27 years as a sought-after importer, manufacturer and wholesaler to the jewellery trade to design a beautiful and meaningful jewellery collection that could empower—and unite—a larger community. The AWE medallion’s message of strength, hope and resilience is an expression of Jill’s personal journey as well as a tribute to those who have inspired her along the way.

AWE pieces are expertly designed and meticulously crafted in sterling silver or 14k gold vermeil. Housed in luxurious packaging, each AWE design is accented with a peridot, the gemstone of renewal and self-empowerment. 20% of every sale goes to one of four National Charity Partners
who save lives and help those in need.


My favourite pieces from the AWE Everyday collection are the Mini Medallion Bracelet, the Mini Diamond Medallion Ring and the Transformation Necklace. Delicately beautiful, these AWE pieces are perfect to wear everyday and be part of your staple look.

Jewellery is always personal, and should give you the confidence and empowerment to embrace your own look and style. AWE's pieces do just this.

An item from AWE is the ideal gift for friends and family this Christmas, and one which will stand the test of time. I can't wait to wear my selections!

Brussels and Christmas Lights: Theresa May's Week

9.12.17


From Brussels to the official lighting of the Downing Street Christmas tree, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday, the PM was in Brussels for continuing Brexit talks. May wore a printed navy and white dress by Maria Grachvogel, teaming it with a two textured navy blazer and the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with the silver Balls necklace from Mirta Bijoux.


On Tuesday, Theresa May was back at Number 10 to welcome Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy to London. May wore the navy check Tulip dress from Daniel Blake, accessorising with her navy Mirta Bijoux Balls necklace and the crystaldust Swarovski bangles. The PM revisited one of her new shoe purchases - this time, the vibrant red and purple Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley.


Later in the day, the PM welcomed Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of The People’s Republic of China to Number 10.

On Wednesday, Theresa May took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Question slot in Parliament. It was back to the familiar navy Escada suit for her appearance at the despatch box, with our favourite leopard Kitty heels from Charlotte Olympia once again on show! May also accessorised with a green oversized jewel necklace and the Vere satchel from Anya Hindmarch.


And on Wednesday afternoon, the PM switched on the Downing Street Christmas lights with the help of her Christmas card winners from Maidenhead. A super sparkly and gorgeous tree this year!



On Thursday, the PM was hard at work signing her Christmas cards in this official Number 10 photo.

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And on Friday, Theresa May headed to Brussels in the early hours of the morning to formally announce that Phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations was complete. It was a no fuss outfit for the PM, with May turning to a simple navy skirt and light blue blazer with her leopard Kitty Charlotte Olympia heels for the announcement.



May headed straight back to her Maidenhead constituency to visit a Dementia Friends project- strong and resilient is our amazing PM! 

Number 10 and the Middle East: Theresa May's Week

2.12.17


Meetings at Number 10 and a trip to the Middle East- here is a recap of Theresa May's week!


On Monday, the Prime Minister welcomed the Prime Minister of Turkey to Number 10. For this meeting, May wore a brown textured check jacket, black trousers and the leopard Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley. Later in the day, May hosted a reception for Drug Fam at Downing Street.




On Tuesday, May met with leaders from British Overseas Territories to discuss funding for natural disasters, such as the recent tornados and tropical storms. May wore a black and white suit, accessorising with her new black and white oversized bead necklace.



On Wednesday, Theresa May visited Iraq on an unscheduled trip. She is the first major world leader to do so since the fall of Mosul. May wore a suitably practical dark suit, with the Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley - before changing to sturdy shoes! She also took her new Vere satchel from Anya Hindmarch.



Later in the day, May travelled to Saudi Arabia, visiting King Salman. May wore a navy and sky blue coat from Amanda Wakeley, accessorising with oversized pearls and the Cocktail loafers.


On Thursday, May travelled to Jordan, meeting with King Abdullah. May wore the navy Daniel Blake military cut jacket with trousers, opting for the Divine flats from Russell & Bromley, pearls and the Vere satchel. Later in the day, she also met with women benefitting from the Arab Empowerment Fund.



Technology, housing and the Budget: Theresa May's week

25.11.17


Budget week is always a big one in the Prime Minister's calendar- here's a recap of Theresa May's week!


On Monday, the PM visited the EEF Technology Hub in the West Midlands as part of a government announcement for further funding for R&D. Theresa May wore the Paule Ka caramel floral tweed jacket with black trousers and a pair of gold studded Russell & Bromley loafers. May also debuted a new Balls necklace from Mirta Bijoux, this time in black - and recently purchased on her Italian summer holiday.

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Wednesday was Budget Day, but before that, May attended the weekly Prime Minister's Questions. The PM wore her familiar navy Escada suit, choosing the leopard Kitty heels by Charlotte Olympia and an oversized pearl necklace as her accessories. Leaving Number 10, May wore a red long coat by Amanda Wakeley and the Vere satchel from Anya Hindmarch.


On Thursday, Theresa May and the Chancellor, Philip Hammond visited the Leeds Building College as part of the government's housing initiative and the cut in stamp duty. May wore the blue Military jacket from Daniel Blake, teaming it with black trousers, the Divine flats from Russell & Bromley and the oversized chain necklace from Amanda Wakeley.



On Friday, Theresa May attended the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels, where she met with Donald Tusk and other European leaders. May wore her pale blue blazer, teaming it with a navy skirt and vintage Russell & Bromley kitten heels.


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Lord Mayor, PMQs and Sweden: Theresa May's Week

18.11.17


It was back to business this week after Parliament's mini recess- here's what the Prime Minister has been up to.


On Monday, the Prime Minister hosted a business leader meeting at Number 10. She was pictured leaving Downing Street wearing olive trousers, a red long coat and the leopard Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley.

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Later in the day, May attended the Lord Mayor's Banquet at the Guildhall, delivering a speech about Britain's economy and future post Brexit.

For this event, Theresa May wore a floor length dark green sleeveless dress with black floral embroidery and a sheer neck detailing. May accessorised with the silver Valarie clutch from Anya Hindmarch and the gold Twister block heels.



On Tuesday, Theresa May welcomed Nicola Sturgeon to Downing Street before attending the JDRF Sugarplum Ball at the Victoria & Albert Museum. May wore the blue Daniel Blake military jacket with tailored trousers, the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley and pearls.




On Wednesday, May attended the weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons. Her Escada colourblock blazer and skirt was her power outfit of choice- and it was a great selection for a fierce performance! May accessorised with the Issa x LK Bennett embroidered kitten heels and the oversized chain bracelet and necklace set from Amanda Wakeley.


Later in the day, May hosted a tech roundtable and event at Number 10.

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On Thursday, the PM visited a housing project in Barnet, London and reaffirmed her commitment to housebuilding across the country. May wore the Daniel Blake Military tail coat in black with trousers, the Divine jewelled flats from Russell & Bromley and a new black and white bead necklace.


Theresa May then travelled to Sweden for the EU Social Summit.

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On Friday, May attended the EU Social Summit and turned to an old favourite, the sparkly tweed DvF jacket for her meetings. She wore black flared trousers, the Delicious leopard flats from Russell & Bromley, the Amanda Wakeley chain bracelet and necklace set and the Vere satchel from Anya Hindmarch.

UK Parliament Week 2017

13.11.17


Our Parliament is known as the 'Mother of all Parliaments,' and with its origins dating back to 1016, it is certainly one of the most historic parts of London. 

I've been fortunate to work in Parliament and have experienced the hallowed halls and glorious architecture in all their splendour. You are conscious that you are walking in the footsteps of history whilst playing a part in shaping the future. You'll spot a familiar face (or two) whilst getting a coffee, and form your opinions whilst listening to debates in the chamber. You'll understand how hard parliamentary staffers work and the roles of the thousands of staff who help to keep the parliamentary estate ticking over. You'll realise the tremendous job the police and security staff do in keeping us safe- and their role in ensuring democracy is accessible for us all. And importantly, you'll realise how lucky we are to have a Parliament that is steeped in history and is open for us to experience. 

Working to improve the digital literacy and imagination of MPs last year was a fantastic experience, and one which demonstrated positive change in a short space of time. For me, the project has given birth to other amazing opportunities, and I am now fortunate to be continuing that work with politicians both in Westminster and in Wales. 

UK Parliament Week is a great initiative to raise awareness of the work of Parliament and our elected representatives. Learning about the democratic system and voting were some of my favourite PSE lessons in school, and I only wish I had had the opportunity to learn more and even visit Parliament as part of a school trip. These experiences are now available for students across the UK and if you're in high school and reading this - hassle your teacher to take your class to Westminster! 

Whilst much has been made (and continues to be made) of the reputation of Parliament in the press, it is my firm belief that we be much less richer without our great democracy and the Palace that sits on the River Thames. 

Find out more about UK Parliament Week by visiting the Parliament website or the @YourUKParl Twitter feed.


Theresa May at Remembrance Sunday Parade

12.11.17


Theresa May attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today.

Elegant in a black coat and dress, the PM laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen. May also wore a hat by Liz Felix Millinery and the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.





Last night, Theresa May and husband Philip attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. May wore a black lace dress from Amanda Wakeley, the Saucy heels from Russell & Bromley and the Redford chain detail bag, also from Amanda Wakeley.


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